Friday, September 5, 2014

Mixed Media Clock - An Artist Trading Block Project

Hello all and thanks for coming by the blog today.
I'm so excited to share this project with you.
Have you ever had a project in your head and have been wanting to put it in the "works" for awhile? Well that's exactly what this project is all about for me. I've had this in my head for some time and have finally made it.

I have put together a tutorial for this project so I hope you don't mind all the photos

For this project I had this clock that I bought at a thrift store many moons ago, it's purpose was just to hang it in my craft room and I had always planned to re-purpose it at some point. 

After I made the inspiration team for Artist Trading Blocks I got an awesome idea to use Eileen Hull's Artist Trading blocks and for this project I used the smallest of the sizes which measure about 1.5" x 1.5" 

I began by wrapping the clock hands with painters tape, I couldn't figure out how to remove the clock mechanism so I just wrapped the hands up to protect them

I then applied a layer of gesso over the clock face,
setting this aside to dry, after it was dry I applied a second layer

While the clock face was drying I began by cutting out my ATBs using Eileen's ATB Die and White Matboard
Since it takes two cuts to create one block I had to cut out 24 of these

 I laid all of these out on the floor over some freezer paper and applied some Goosebumps Clear Texture spray here and there, I didn't spray it I opened the bottled and dabbed it on

I let that thoroughly dry.... once dry I applied Adirondak Ink over the top with a distress tool, as you can see the Goosebumps acts as a resist for the Adirondak ink

I then used a Dylusions stencil and some color wash to spray a pattern onto each piece of the ATBs
I figured I could do 3 pieces at a time

Here is how they looked

Once that was done and they were dry I put them all together using my hot glue gun (watch your fingers, I burned mine a few times LOL)
After my blocks were all put together I used Tim's stamp set called Random Quotes and Adirondak ink to stamp words on each side of my ATBs
I then took Wendy Vecchi Archival ink in the color Potting Soil to edge the sides and corners of each block, I also added some black paint onto of that on each side. (I didn't take a photo of this sorry)

Back to my clock face... I didn't take a photo of this step but I used white Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and a Stencil Girl Seth Apter stencil to create some texture

I also used heavy gel medium to add some dry wall tape to the faces surface as well

Using several different colors of Tim Holtz distress paints, I used a paintbrush and applied the paint, I then took my finger and spread it out more to blend it (I ended up not using the green)

Once again I took that same Dylusions stencil and archival ink and inked here and there along the clock face. I also used that same Tim Holtz stamp to stamp the words and I used black marker and white gel pen and went over some places from the stenciled portion

Now it's really coming together

I had cut out some stems from Tim's Garden Greens die and some movers and shapers butterflies from distress paper and edged them with archival ink

I adhered some of these onto my clock face. They had to be flat in order for the clock hands to be able to go around the center of the clock so I glued them down flat
The sentiment came from that same Tim Holtz Random Quotes stamp set

I used black card stock and Tim's two die sets here to create my numbers for each block. I had to use the Artist set because two large numbers wouldn't fit for 10 and 12 on the clock so I cut out some smaller numbers.

I then glued each block onto my clock face using my glue gun

Oh, I had to cut my clock hands smaller too because they were way too long for the artist trading blocks, they wouldn't have turned if I didn't 
I used my trusty Tim Holtz scissors for that step and they worked like a charm, cut right through the hands, you can't even tell I had to cut them

Here is some photos of my finished clock and IT WORKS TOO!! 

I had so much fun making this clock, I'm so glad that I got it out of my head and into real life haha!
I am entering this clock into a few challenges too...

1. Eileen Hull's Art With Heart  where the theme is "Fall Back", what a perfect challenge for this clock!! I encourage you to go check out the challenge and take part, there is a wonderful prize package from Eileen and Sizzix too.

2. Eclectic Paperie - Their challenge this month is "Fall" and one lucky winner will win a 25.00 gift card to their store! 

3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesdays Challenge - Their challenge is to use a stamp for Stamptember!! and as always they are giving away a 50.00 voucher to one lucky winner

4. last but certainly not least, I'm entering this into the Inspiration Emporium challenge, their challenge is "Fall is In The Air" WOOT! I encourage you to go over and check out their challenge. You could win 50.00 to spend at Inspiration Emporium. How cool!

Last but not least make sure to come by The Artist On The Block website to see more inspiring projects from the wonderful design team!!


  1. Wow Claudine, this is just amazing, it is such a clever idea and it looks brilliant - well done!! You might want to look at the challenge over at Inspiration Emporium too.....

  2. Wow Claudine! This is over the top... your work is awesome. Loving the colors, the butterflies, the entire piece is a treat. Thanks for sharing it. I look forward to seeing your work.

  3. Awesome use of the ATB die Claudine! This will make your craft room wall so happy. =)

  4. YIKES! what a great project and so much effort! love all the stencils you used and the fun little number boxes! Thanks so much for joining us in the ePlay Fall challenge Claudine!

  5. This is fabulous.... I forgot that I have a bottle of Goosebumps from waaaaay back... I gotta bust that out and use it ! Love how you made the blocks and thanks for the tutorial !

  6. Oh my creative word! You are brilliant! LOVE the boxes as numbers! This is a show piece!

  7. What a way to use your ATBs! That's one labor of love... such a fabulous and totally creative clock! You GO girl.

  8. Brilliant way to alter your clock face with the smallest ATB's. Your clock looks unique and has lots of areas of interest and textures. Such a glorious project, i love it! :-) xxx

  9. This was a huge undertaking, Claudine, but well worth all the "time" and effort in the end! The fact that it is a WORKING piece of art is absolutely amazing! And, YOU continue to amaze me!

  10. hi Claudine! WOW, what fabulous work you do, I adore all the amazing details! I am thrilled you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday StampTember Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  11. so impressive! a huge project, executed fabulously. xo

  12. What a wonderful fall clock. Love how you altered it, from the texture to the little boxes. Thanks so much for playing along and sharing with us in our September ePlay challenge.

  13. Just came back to say thanks for joining in our challenge over at Inspiration Journal!

  14. wow your clock is amazing...thanks for joining in the fun over at Inspiration Journal...hugs kath xxx

  15. What an amazing clock, fantastic design and idea and a plethera of techniques , I love it. Tracy x

  16. Oh, for Heaven's Sake!!!!! This is an eye-bugging piece of art! Love it! You have such a creative mind!!!

  17. What an incredible creation Claudine. So many ideas and beautiful details here. And I love how you incorporated my stencil too. Thank you!

  18. Just popping by to say thank you for joining in the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge I omitted this in my first comment, sorry. Tracy x

  19. Oh my wow! Ah-mazing clock that you have built here! Thanks for playing along with the IE challenge. :)